Pedro Arantes

Reactive Planning Model

When a team starts a project without planning ahead, it's possible that the reactive planning model ensues.
Zettelkasten, June 06, 2021
## Notes - When a team starts a project without planning, the reactive planning model may ensue. - [David Allen](/zettel/david-allen) defined this planning in his book [Getting Things Done](/books/getting-things-done#chapter-3-getting-projects-creatively-under-way-the-five-phases-of-project-planning). - It's a [system mental model](/zettel/system-mental-models) because it helps you understand how a project's execution works without upfront planning. - The phases of the reactive planning model are: 1. Identifying next actions 2. Organizing 3. [Brainstorming](/zettel/brainstorming) 4. Outcome visioning 5. Defining purpose and principles - Such phases aren't the natural way your mind operates because you try to do actions before organizing, before collecting many ideas, before creating the vision before defining purposes. - The team reacts to the situation instead of controlling it. - When stuff gets out of control, they **act**, word harder, get busier. - When having a lot of busy people, someone says, "We need to get **organized**!" - After some time, just organizing the problem isn't enough, and someone suggests, "Let's [**brainstorm**](/zettel/brainstorming)!". - But the [brainstorming](/zettel/brainstorming) isn't effective because they don't have a clear **vision**, **purpose**, and **principles**. Finally, they ask, "What are we trying to do here?" and start defining the last phase. - The opposite of this model is the [natural planning model](/zettel/natural-planning-model). ## Questions - Which scenarios may we observe the reactive planning model? ## References - [David Allen. Getting Things Done](/books/getting-things-done#chapter-3-getting-projects-creatively-under-way-the-five-phases-of-project-planning) ## Backlinks - [From Reactive Planning Model to Natural Planning Model](/from-reactive-planning-model-to-natural-planning-model) - [Natural Planning Model](/zettel/natural-planning-model)
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